Danielle French

      Founder & Owner   –  South Pond Farms

      Danielle’s  Words  :      Creative       Driven     Authentic    

      Danielle’s  Story:

      I moved to the Bethany Hills from Toronto with my four daughters, Carlyle, Grace, Olivia, and Aubrey Rose and our dog Mollie.

      It seemed like a good thing to do – we were ensconced in the city and I thought if I had any chance getting them to experience rural life, then it was the right time.

      I grew up in Vermont immersed in grass routes culture involving local food and farming.

      I was also influenced by my grandmother, Isabel, and my grandfather who I spent the summers with on their farm in Michigan.

      She cooked on a wood stove, baked bread every other day, persevered fruits and vegetables that they grew
      on the farm, and lived a lovely, simple life. I yearned for this and wanted my girls to have it as well.

      One day in a cafe in the middle of January in Toronto with my girlfriends, I was lamenting on what the
      next steps were with my life and, on a more practical side, what to have for dinner that evening.

      I drove home and drafted some concepts in my mind and decided on starting Farm Flavours, a business making
      prepared food from things grown by me and local farmers. I would deliver a meal called “weekend baskets to go”, which included a menu with a short story about life on the farm, or where I got the recipe, or some details about the traditional foods my grandmother made, and I found people actually appreciated knowing where their food came from.

      Meals didn’t have to be complicated but simple based in local and seasonal ingredients.

      And so, it began.

      With a simple neighbor referral, I met Shawn and with his restoration of the barn, a testament to what all traditional bank barns looked like – word traveled, and people came wanting to have special celebrations, weddings, private, corporate curated events, and workshops about local food.

      This has not been a single effort but collaboration of our family and now extended family, all helping to make this a
      magical place.

      With the launch of our Netflix show ‘A Taste of the Country’, airing in over 11 countries, South Pond Farms has become an international rural destination for many and remains a hidden gem, and our home.

      I’m happy to be able to share it and help others create their own memories

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